Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Memes: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Happy Friday everybody!
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President Dewey Congratulates NACA on Satellite Launch

March 3, 1952 --(AP)-- The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics successfully put its third satellite into orbit, this on with the capability of sending radio signals down to Earth and taking measurements of the radiation in space. The president denies that the satellit has any military purpose and says that its mission is one of scientific exploration.
Do you remember where you were when the meteor hit? I've never understood why people phrase it as a question, because of course you remember.
Friday 56:
"Because your're the Lady Astronaut."

"I am not an astronaut!" My voice cut through the low hum of conversation around us. Wealthy and powerful people turned to stare. What must they think? Bending my head, I applied myself to the martini and let the cold burn of the gin distract me.
This week I am featuring The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. This book is a recent purchase of mine. Here is the description from Amazon:
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.


  1. Sounds like a good one. I love a strong female leading character.

  2. Nice snippets - this one looks really good. Enjoy.

    I'm featuring Broken Ground this week.

  3. Yes, revisionist history can be fun...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. This sounds so interesting! I've been meaning to read her other series so I'll have to add this to the list too!

  5. This one looks really interesting! It's a group read this month in one of my GoodReads groups, but I don't think I'll be able to fit it in.

  6. This sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  7. This sounds really good! I read another book by this author but it was very different. I enjoyed it and definitely would be interested in reading more by her. I will have to add this to my wish list. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  8. The Calculating Stars sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for mentioning it. :-)

  9. Not my kind of book but hope you enjoy it! :)

  10. This sounds like something I would like. I have to add it to my list.

  11. Sounds quite fascinating!! Happy weekend!

  12. Ooo, this one's on my TBR list. I love dystopias and post-apocalypses, so it's right up my alley.

  13. Ah, so is this like an alternate history? Sounds fun either way.

  14. I love the sound of this one. I'm quite taken with the synopsis. Happy reading!

  15. I loved this book and the sequel. I still need to read the novella. See what book Susan is featuring at Girl Who Reads


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